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National World journalists take part in second day of strike action

Hundreds of journalists at National World titles have walked out today in the second of three days of industrial action.

The first 24-hour strike took place on Monday, with the second today and the third planned for Monday.

More than 330 National Union of Journalist members took part on Monday, with the Union claiming that it led to “reduced news coverage and the use of generic front-page campaigns across titles.”

“We know National World can afford to revise its pay package for staff, ensuring journalists can afford to remain at the jobs they rightly take pride in. Members have demonstrated their collective power by taking strike action, and without a rethink from David Montgomery and his board, National World risks further alienating staff,” stated Laura Davison, NUJ National Organiser.

“The sustainability of local journalism requires skilled, talented journalists and with over 100 titles, National World has a responsibility to ensure its staff are paid decent salaries, preventing the financial hardship we know some journalists at the company experience. I want to thank every member who is taking part in the action to stand up for their colleagues and campaign for fair pay at National World” 

A work to rule has been in place since Tuesday, as journalists oppose an imposed 4.5% pay increase.

[Image via NUJ’s Twitter outside Sheffield Star on Monday]

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